Archive for February 2013

Do children have a right to a male father and a female mother ?

The case to legalize same-sex marriage seems to come down to a basic question of “rights.” LGBTQ people, we’re told, have the same right to marry as heterosexuals. In fact, they do: Everyone, no matter their sexual orientation has a right to marry a person of the opposite sex. But that’s not the point here. If it... Read more »

A new Illinois GOP bright light?

One of the Illinois Republican Party’s greatest needs for revival is fresh faces. McHenry County blogger and former GOP state representative Cal Skinner turns the spotlight on one, Melissa Sanchez.

How glad I am that I'm too old to be starting a family.

Today’s young couples are facing impossible financial expectations and demands. I was reminded of that when a friend told me that her son’s college education was costing $54,000 — a year. That’s more than I spent some 20 years ago for my two children’s entire college educations. I can only shudder when I think what... Read more »
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Illinois gun debate's funniest, most insulting or ridiculous 'analogy.' Vote

  Is there a more apt phallic symbol than a gun? Maybe Illinois State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) didn’t have that in mind when he said said in House debate that depriving him of his gun is like castrating him. I first thought it was funny, but when you add the rest of the quote, it’s one... Read more »

Will the next Pope be black?

Or will the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) lobby oppose Peter Cardinal Turkson Peter Cardinal Turkson of Ghana because he adheres to Catholic teaching about sexuality, marriage and procreation? Or, might it be that  he dares to suggest homosexuality has something to do with priest abusing young men. Or in the word of so many LGBTQ people because he... Read more »

Update: Eric Zorn responds to my correction and an explanation

My counterpart on the Tribune op-ed page, Eric Zorn, pointed out to me the need for a correction in my column/post regarding the reaction to President Barack Obama’s call (below) at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago for greater involvement by fathers in the children’s lives. (Update: He responds to this post here.) In my column,... Read more »
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President Obama sends a strong fatherhood message to fellow liberals. Will they listen?

President Barack Obama had better watch himself. If he keeps talking like he did Friday at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, he might be mistaken for former Vice President Dan Quayle. In a speech about urban gun violence, Obama targeted truant fathers for being the impetus in causing a raft of social problems, as Quayle... Read more »

What's New York Mayor Bloomberg's millions doing in the election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.?

Buying the election, that’s what. You’d think that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s south suburban and Kankakee district has become a New York City borough from the way that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spreading around campaign contributions there. Reports Huff Post Politics: WASHINGTON — Through his super PAC, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has... Read more »

How to make 'progressives' go ballistic; mention Herman Cain

Fox News has hired Herman Cain,  ”the spirited former presidential candidate and ex-pizza CEO, as a contributor for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Be sure to read the comments following the story; you’d think that Fox News had lost its mind, from the ugly tone of liberal comments. My own... Read more »
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Watch a big meteor hit Russia

By Natalia Shurmina and Andrey Kuzmin Reuters1:23 p.m. CST, February 15, 2013 CHELYABINSK, Russia— A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a wide area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured more than 1,000 people. Read more NBC slideshow is here.  
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